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Graeme Stinson

#27 | LHP | RaysTB
Charleston (SC) RiverDogs Charleston (SC) RiverDogs
Graeme Stinson
Name: Graeme Wilder Stinson
Born: Aug 6, 1997 in Peachtree Corners, GA
College: Duke
High School: Norcross (Ga.) HS
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 250 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 4th round (128th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019 (signed for $440,400)
A physical, 6-foot-5, 260-pound lefthander, Stinson entered the 2019 season as the top-ranked pitcher in the 2019 class. His standing was in large part due to a plus fastball in the mid- to upper 90s as well a wipeout, 81-85 mph slider that was a plus-plus offering at its best. Stinson showed this premium pure stuff with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer, but scouts were looking forward to seeing what he could do in a starting role over a full season this spring. During his first two seasons with the Blue Devils, 22 of Stinson’s 35 appearances came in relief. And while he did post back-to-back seasons of more than 14 strikeouts per nine innings, teams wanted to see him hold his stuff in a full-time starting role while also improving his strike-throwing ability. Instead, things went about as poorly as they could have gone for Stinson. He pitched infrequently in the preseason and looked like he was still getting stretched out during the first month of the season. The results of his first three games were fine from a statistical perspective, but his stuff was no where close to what he had shown previously. His fastball was routinely in the upper 80s and even ticked down into the 84-86 mph range later in his already brief starts, and his slider lacked the power it had previously shown. In all, Stinson made five starts in February and March—posting a 4.58 ERA in 19.2 innings with 26 strikeouts and nine walks—but he hasn’t pitched since his last outing on March 15. Because of that, teams are struggling to figure out what to do with him on draft boards. At his best, Stinson drew comparisons to White Sox lefthander Carlos Rodon—in regards to both his physicality and pure stuff—and the former N.C. State lefthander was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft. But even when Stinson was throwing well, scouts had reservations about how he would manage his body moving forward, his overall athleticism and the lack of a legitimate third pitch. As it stands, there’s plenty of risk in taking Stinson in the first or even second round because of his shortened season and medical concerns. But at some point, a team might want to gamble on the upside and hope he returns to form.
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